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The rise of modern taxation: A new comprehensive dataset of tax introductions worldwide

Laura Seelkopf (), Moritz Bubek, Edgars Eihmanis, Joseph Ganderson, Julian Limberg, Youssef Mnaili, Paula Zuluaga and Philipp Genschel
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Laura Seelkopf: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Edgars Eihmanis: European University Institute
Joseph Ganderson: European University Institute
Julian Limberg: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Youssef Mnaili: European University Institute
Paula Zuluaga: European University Institute
Philipp Genschel: European University Institute

The Review of International Organizations, 2021, vol. 16, issue 1, No 10, 239-263

Abstract: Abstract This article describes the new Tax Introduction Dataset (TID). Listing the year and the mode of the first permanent introduction of six major taxes (inheritance tax, personal income tax, corporate income tax, social security contributions, general sales tax and value added tax) in 220 countries, 1750–2018, TID is the most comprehensive dataset of its kind. The comprehensiveness of our measure is of critical value to empirical work on the causes of tax innovation and its consequences for state, society and economy. In this paper, we explain the selection of our tax sample and the structure of the dataset, descriptively map temporal and regional patterns of tax introductions around the world, and draw on TID to investigate associations between tax introductions and economic development, war, and democratization.

Keywords: Fiscal sociology; Tax introduction dataset; Economic development; War; Democratization; Globalization; State building (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/s11558-019-09359-9

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